Meet the Original Rockstar- Dawn Crawford

Meet the Original Rockstar- Dawn Crawford

Each new addition to our rockstar team is welcomed with their very own entry on the blog! So far you’ve met a few of our content creators, but what about the fearless leaders? Get to know our Principle Communicator Dawn Crawford like you haven’t before. We love her (in a completely professional way), and so will you!

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Why do you love communications?

I love communications because we get to craft a conversation. Life is built from words and stories. Working in nonprofit communications you get to create amazing stories about worthy causes. You get to elevate people to become superstars for a cause. I also love the little smirky smile you get when you read a clever or touching line. It’s fun to be able to evoke emotion on a daily basis.

What is your nonprofit passion point?

While I feel incredibly lucky to work with all of our clients, my personal passion point is healthcare and public health.There is nothing more incredible than giving a person knowledge that will change their life. With healthcare communications, you do that with every piece of the communication. I also love the scientific aspect of communicating healthcare. It’s nerdy, always changing and improving.

Why are you excited to lead the BC/DC Ideas team?

It’s a dream come true to work with our team and our clients. It makes going to work easy, easy, easy. It’s inspiring to work with nonprofits that are successful and making a real difference. I love working with our team at BC/DC Ideas; the sum of our brains, talent and passion is so special. We are really lucky that so many cool nonprofits let us do awesome things for them.

Where would people most likely find you on a Saturday afternoon?

Finding a way to tucker out my baby Katrina. Becoming a mom in 2012 has changed my life in so many wonderful ways. Saturday afternoons will never be the same.

Which rockstar/musician/band would you most like to be and why?

Angus Young from AC/DC. Mad talented, strong personal brand, lives the rockstar life.

What is your favorite color?

Hot pink or yellow – those two colors just scream happy.

What is the one office supply you can not live without?

My notebook and my Pilot g-2 pens. I take the craziest, most cryptic notes but once I write it once it’s forever in my brain. The notebook must be small enough to fit in my purse and must be spiral bound.

Ready to Discover a better Review Process?

Whether it’s in-person or virtual, Dawn will help your team uncover ways to make your team’s feedback process more efficient. 

Dawn is ready to speak at your next event!

An award-winning expert on nonprofit communications and creativity, Dawn is ready to speak at your next gathering. 

Kate Runy


A passionate technical wizard, Kate thrives on managing online content, social media for communications, and development projects.  Kate is the workhorse of the team, pulling out amazing feats of content creation and management week in and week out. 

Prior to joining BC/DC Ideas, Kate coordinated website and social media content, communications, and advertising for Go Global NC and Alzheimer’s NC.

Things that make her happy: I love animals about as much as I love working for nonprofits.

Mishel Gomez Cespedes


Mishel brings a passion for video storytelling and quippy social media content to the team.  At BC/DC Ideas, she is most likely editing video or scheduling the next moving social media post for our clients.

Her ear for storytelling is her greatest asset. Mishel has a unique ability to assemble content into a concise story that moves audiences to action.

A graduate of Wake Forest University she spent a semester in Spain and years serving her community through the campus organizations. Now, she is putting her passion for good to work.

Brian Crawford

creative director

Mix equal parts nerd and creativity and that’s Brian. A natural problem-solver, Brian’s ability to cut to the core of any problem helps guide our creative team to the correct solution without wasted time or money. It’s the core, this little nugget of truth, that helps our clients take the next step with their audiences.

Brian gets the greatest joy out of helping our clients realize and connect with their story. He is a true believer that everyone and every organization has a compelling story to tell, you just have to listen with an open heart.

Things that make him happy: Hanging out at the park with family, toddler-speak, hitting the focus pull, and good coffee.

Dawn Crawford


The engine behind BC/DC Ideas, Dawn has dedicated her career to good. Dawn brings her considerable experience and expertise to helping elevate the nonprofit sector. Our team’s lead strategist, Dawn is often seen leading our IdeaStorms, penning communications plans, or checking in with clients.

Before launching BC/DC Ideas in 2010, she earned her chops in 10+ years of communications leadership roles for public health, healthcare and youth-focused nonprofits. Working for nonprofits is Dawn’s dream job, and she loves that her 40+ hours a week make the world a better place.

Things that make her happy: A glass of champagne to celebrate big wins, Basecamp, living in the South, seeing the world, and a well-formatted spreadsheet.